Richmond boasts a regional shopping center, theaters, live entertainment, cultural activities, fine dining, and many areas of scenic and historic interest.
- Historic Downtown Richmond is one of the finest restored 19th-century commercial districts in the Southeast.
- The second largest Civil War battle in Kentucky, the Battle of Richmond, was one of the most decisive and complete Confederate victories in the entire war. Annual Battle of Richmond Reenactment weekends feature living history exhibits, period music, etc. as well as the re-created battle event.
- White Hall State Historic Site is the former home of emancipationist and publisher Cassius Marcellus Clay, who was also U. S. minister to Russia and a close friend of Abraham Lincoln.
- Fort Boonesborough State Park is the site of a famous Kentucky settlement established by Daniel Boone in 1775. The site has been reconstructed as a working fort.
- The Hummel Planetarium and Space Theater is located on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.
- The Lake Reba Recreational Complex includes a swimming pool, 18-hole golf course, miniature golf, soccer fields, baseball fields & softball fields.
- The Richmond Area Arts Center creates quality artistic and educational opportunities for residents and visitors.
- The Valley View Ferry provides passage across the Kentucky River and is widely regarded as the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s oldest continually operating business.
- There are 13 Parks and 7 Golf Courses in Madison County; and one can enjoy boating and fishing—on the Kentucky River, Wilgreen Lake, and Owsley Fork Lake.